The Modernist Writings of Virginia Woolf

(BA (1.2), A4, A7, D2; BA Int. Stud. A1.2, A 1.3, A 2.1, A 2.5; BA LA VM Lit; Lehramt (A4, A4a; VM Lit); MAIAS A1.4 electives
PS 2st., Do 10-12
SoSe 2017
Universität Bayreuth

In this course, we will deal with selected examples of Virginia Woolf’s modernist writings. In order to understand the experimental dimension of her writing style and the topics addressed, we will study her life experiences and the socio-political events of her time in more detail. This will lead us from the concept of the self in connection with existentialism, to feminism, trauma and cognitive processes. Being one of the most famous 20th-century writers, Woolf is considered an innovator in terms of using the English language to express her concerns. Thus, the use of the stream of consciousness technique, interior monologues and her poetic visions will be our focal points when studying Woolf’s works. This two-level approach will make us appreciate Woolf’s experimental writing style in more detail.

Texts to be obtained by students:
Virginia Woolf. Mrs Dalloway
Virginia Woolf. Orlando
Virginia Woolf. The Waves